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February 1, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
The Fox network thriller "24" inspires cult-like devotion by delivering mayhem, suspense and duplicity in every 60-minute episode. Now, 20th Century Fox Television is trying to squeeze that pulse-pounding formula into a 60-second package -- for cellphones. "24: Conspiracy," an original drama produced solely for the very small screen, will have its U.S. premiere today as part of a mobile video service from Verizon Wireless.
January 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., the second-biggest pay-radio company, said it would double subscribers this year after ending 2004 with 1.14 million, exceeding its target of 1 million. The New York company credited retail sales, more awareness of the benefits of satellite radio and recognition by consumers of the company's programming. "A growing percentage of subscribers" will come from the new-car market, spokesman Patrick Reilly said. Sirius has said it needs 2 million subscribers to break even.
November 14, 2004 | Don Shirley
As the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City prepared for its first opening -- the premiere of Charles L. Mee's "A Perfect Wedding" -- some of the theater's would-be subscribers learned they would be shut out. The response to last summer's solicitations for subscriptions at the Center Theatre Group's new Westside outpost was so heavy that certain performances were overbooked. Some people who thought they were buying subscriptions learned otherwise when they called to check on their orders.
August 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
RealNetworks Inc. said Monday that it would begin offering a steep discount on its digital music subscription service to some university students in an effort to stem illegal downloads and attract long-term customers. The Seattle company said it had struck deals with UC Berkeley and the University of Minnesota system to offer its standard Rhapsody service to students for $2 to $3 a month. The service is normally $9.95 a month.
August 12, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
"Bienvenidos, tienes e-mail." America Online became the biggest Internet service provider in part by stuffing millions of free sign-up discs into mailboxes, newspapers and magazines. Now it's trying something bigger to stay on top: selling cheap computers to Latinos. The Time Warner Inc. division is expected to announce today that it's reviving the failed dot-com-era tactic of selling a heavily subsidized personal computer to attract new customers.
July 3, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc., the largest and fourth-largest U.S. cable-television operators, said the Securities and Exchange Commission had asked the companies for information about how they count subscribers. About 20 telephone, wireless and cable-TV companies have been asked about subscriber data by the SEC, according to a person familiar with the matter. Comcast and Cox acknowledged receiving the inquiries but declined to comment further.
April 21, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
AT&T Wireless Services Inc. had its first-ever loss of subscribers last quarter because of computer glitches, while its future parent, Cingular Wireless, added 554,000 customers after improving network quality. AT&T Wireless, which agreed to sell itself for $41 billion in February, said it lost a net 367,000 users in the first quarter. Cingular's parents, SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp.
April 16, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Adelphia Communications Corp. inflated its basic cable television subscribers by a total of 69,500 in 2000 and 2001, the company's former director of investor relations testified Thursday at the fraud trial of founder John Rigas. Karen Chrosniak testified that she added the phony numbers to news releases authorized by Rigas, 79, and two of his sons, Michael, 50, and Timothy, 47, who are on trial with him. Prosecutors allege that the Rigases hid $2.
June 25, 2003 | From Reuters
Yankee Group, a communications research and consulting firm, said it expected the number of wireless telephone subscribers globally to increase 49% over the next four years and reach 1.72 billion by 2007. The firm expected subscriber revenue to rise 51% to $584 billion by 2007, making wireless services similar in value to worldwide crude oil production. It said technology based on GSM, or global system for mobile communication, would control about 80% of the market in 2007, up from 70% in 2002.
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